The Persian is a long-haired breed of cat characterized by its round face and short muzzle. It is also known as the "Persian Longhair".
With their luxurious coats and open pansy-like faces, Persians are the number one breed in popularity. Their sweet, gentle, personalities blend into most households once they feel secure in their new environment.
Their quiet, melodious voices are pleasant and non-abrasive. They communicate delightfully with their large expressive eyes and make charming companions for all ages.
Persians have short heavilyboned legs to support their broad, short bodies. They like to have their feet firmly planted and are not given to high jumping and climbing. Playful but never demanding, persians are tremendously responsive and become a constant source of joy and delight to their owners. Pleasurable as an unexpected sunbeam, their companionship is close and enduring.
Why Care about our Friends with Paws
There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S., and of this 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
The two main reasons animals end up in shelters are because they’ve either been surrendered by their guardians or picked up off the street by animal control officers.
Only about three to four million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters each year. This means that nearly half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are euthanized because there is a lack of space and adopters, amounting to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every ten dogs and seven out of every ten cats.
Helping vulnerable animals and keeping our friends with paws in safe and loving homes requires a commitment from all of us—advocates, pet owners, shelters, leaders, and entire communities.